Category Archives: Values Curiosity

Are We Running Out of Juice?

Early in the faculty meetings planning for this year, Jake Lahey, our 7-8 history teacher, wondered if we might create an interdisciplinary study that asked students to consider the history and processes that humans use to get energy from the earth. … Continue reading

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Before the Colonists

One of the key concepts for seventh grade history is to help students realize that the Americas were full of people before the colonists arrived. My own image from childhood– a handful of Native Americans eating dinner with pilgrims– is simply … Continue reading

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Essential Questions: Starting the First Week off Right

  In a school like PDS, where teachers are advisors, and where we spend so much time getting to know students well, it doesn’t take long to “get down  to work,” in the subject areas. In all classes, teachers and … Continue reading

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Celebrations on June 14, 2016

The end of the year brings many celebrations: completed work, successful projects, moving on to a new grade in the fall, moving up into a new division. This year, we added one more celebration to middle school: We celebrated decades … Continue reading

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Seventh Grade Deepens Learning at the End of the Year

While grade six works on research papers and presents Lego missions, grade seven is deep in the midst of grappling with proportional thinking, in  math, and literary analysis in English. Of all the concepts in middle school math, the leap to … Continue reading

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Almost Time to Finish Up

Counting down until the end of the school year is a bittersweet experience. Sometimes it seems as though just when we have the students performing at their highest level, the year is over. The end of the year is full of … Continue reading

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Inventions are Living History

  A key to making learning interesting is to connect the content to the lives of students. This can be tricky in history, when everything one studies is in the past. Connections are burgeoning this year for seventh graders, as … Continue reading

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